Feminist high schoolers, South Korean haves and have-nots, and a self-absorbed theater director along with his change-seeking ex-wife are among the many characters from the past year of film who offer unique commentary on social inequality, challenging the status quo and examining our own penchant for hurting those we love most.
These largely impactful and highly acclaimed films—United Artist’s Booksmart, Neon’s Parasite, Netflix’s Marriage Story, Lionsgate’s Knives Out and Universal’s 1917—are the Writer’s Guild of America’s latest nominees for Best Original Screenplay.
Other films that shed new light on old favorites as well as reimagine already-existing forms of media are nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay—TriStar’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Netflix’s The Irishman, Fox Searchlight’s Jojo Rabbit, Warner Bros. Joker and Sony’s Little Women.
Funnily enough, two of the contenders for the Best Screenplay Oscar—Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood along with Pain & Glory—aren’t eligible for a WGA nomination.
Other categories included Documentary Screenplay, Animation, Television Drama Series and Television Comedy Series.
The winners will be announced on Feb. 1.
In the meantime, you can check out the full list of nominees here.